8 New Non Fiction to read during Autumn.

Summer has officially come to an end and we are already days into Autumn – Have you caught sight of any leaves falling from the trees yet? As you’re well aware, Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, so there’s the possibility of shorter and colder days, bringing an end to the warm sunny days at the beach. But have no fear, the library is always stocked full of books to keep you entertained. This blog post features books for girls and boys of all ages that will curb their gaming and sports fetish; channel their inner princess, sports hero, warrior and leader; extra resources to help with homework and get some insight as to what their parents do in the workforce all day.


image courtesy of syndeticsSkylanders Universe: : the complete collection : one book, 321 skylanders.

This is one book that all Skylanders fans must get their hands on! Read all about every single Skylander in this book featured from all three smash-hit video games. Includes information about character bios, battle cries and all 256 possible SWAP Force character combinations.


Cimage courtesy of syndetics ricket with Kane Williamson : a guide to batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy.

Why is it important to play the ball late? How do you play the perfect cover drive? What should you do to deliver a deadly in-swinger? Join New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, a superstar of the game, as he talks through his approach to batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Amazing Book of Disney Princess.

Dreams of Disney Princesses and books, come to life with the release of The Amazing Book of Disney Princess. Fans will get to discover more about their favourite fairytale princesses. With stunning pictures, fun facts and an exciting quiz, be transported to their kingdoms and discover their magical world. A must have read for budding fans to channel their inner Disney princess.


image courtesy of syndeticsThis is a horrible book of foul facts.

This Horrible Book of Foul Facts serves up all the dreadful details of horrible history you’ll ever need to know – from rotten Roman graffiti to terrible teacher tortures and rude royal nicknames, the foul facts are all inside. Want to know: the crushing details about execution by elephant? How to soften your skin Georgian-style, using the skins of puppies? Whose idea of a top treat was mashed deer tongues? Whether you’re desperate to discover which famous rulers were left-handed, raring to read about the top ten dogs of all time, or just aching to ask about assassinating apes, then this book is for you. History has never been so horrible!


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Princess and the warrior.

A very sad and tragic Mexican legend about a beautiful princess falling into a deep sleep and her brave warrior vowing to stay by her side, even if she never awakens, eventually turning into volcanoes known as Popocatépetl (“the Smoking Mountain”) and Iztaccíhuatl (“white woman” in Nahuatl, sometimes called the Mujer Dormida “sleeping woman” in Spanish), which overlook the Valley of Mexico. Prepare to have tissues on hand.


image courtesy of syndeticsAnimal record breakers.

This book holds thousands of amazing facts and spectacular feats. A must have resource for the budding animal enthusiast.





image courtesy of synedticsBe the change : a grandfather Gandhi story.

“At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste.”



image courtesy of syndeticsWhat do grown-ups do all day?

Ever wondered what your Mum and Dad get up to during their day? Here’s your chance to find out. Read this book and explore fourteen diverse workplaces, then turn the page to find out what each grown-up does there. Features more than 100 jobs. Also a great resource to have on hand if you want to choose a profession and career.


Kids’ Club Review by Benedict: Much ado about Shakespeare

Much ado about Shakespeare : the life and times of William Shakespeare : a literary picture book , by Donovan Bixley

This book told us about the life of Shakespeare who was a really good play writer who became famous. He came from a very big family and also had kids of his own. He grew up at the time of Queen Elizabeth the first.
It had really good illustrations and I liked the pictures the best.
The words were kind of small but they were easy to read.
Kids around my age and anyone who likes history would like this book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Benedict from Miramar and Miramar North School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: ANZAC heroes

ANZAC heroes, by Mairia Gill

I’m not a big fan of the war, especially the first one, but this book touched me and I couldn’t put it down…. IT was a really sad story/ stories about 12 heroes in the war. This book was very informative, yet it was almost like a fairy tale….

The book was very moving and tragic, like a Grimm Brother fairy tale…. It was pretty gruesome…. I can’t say I liked reading about dead soldiers and people dying, but this book was a page turner in a odd sort of way….

I recommend this to 8+….

4 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Kilbirnie and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Come on a time travelling adventure!

If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go?

Right back to the Stone age being chased by a saber tooth tiger. Maybe in Ancient Egypt helping build the great pyramids or how about being a Viking sailing on one of their great ships.

What about going the other way – into the future. What do you think our world will be like? Maybe we could be living on Mars!

How do you feel about time travel? Do you think that one day we might be able to travel to any point in time or do you think that’s just weird.

Either way it is fun to read books on time travel and we have heaps of choice for you.








Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: ANZAC heroes

ANZAC heroes, by Maria Gill

This was a good picture book about Anzac. There were pictures throughout the book, (some okay to look at others not so much) but the pictures did suit the story and it had a good meaning to it. I would rate this book ages 6+

3 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: Much ado about Shakespeare : the life and times of William Shakespeare : a literary picture book

Much ado about Shakespeare : the life and times of William Shakespeare : a literary picture book, by Donovan Bixley

This is a fascinating timeline journey through Williams life, congratulating him on all his works of art. This book had some amazing quotes and the drawings really help to bring the book to life.

4 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: Boy: tales of childhood

Boy: tales of childhood, by Roald Dahl

Boy was a fascinating timeline through Roalds life, including when he was at school and about when he started to write books as well. I thought it was really cool, especially about what Roald got up to at my age.

3 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Stephen: Boy: Tales of childhood

Boy: tales of childhood, by Roald Dhal

Boy is about Roald Dhal’s life as a child. It is a dramatic and very appealing story to young boys like me. The appealing thing about it is what is similar that is between me and the author Roald Dhal at school. We both have dyslexia. He was a bit cheeky and naughty like me sometimes. One thing I’d change about those days is how he got smacked so much. It is funny how you can find yourself amused with something that is actually very horrible and nasty. I don’t particularly like how they smacked people those days – that’s the only thing I’d change. Boy has been very encouraging in my learning in that I am not the worst writer, the worst speller and the worst idea person. And I am very lucky I didn’t live in those days otherwise I would have been smacked every day. I am encouraged, and no doubt others are, that Roald Dhal is very gifted in what he can write and is amusing.

5 stars

Reviewed by Stephen from Newtown and Newtown School , 10 years old